Velma Leigh (Willson) Boyd

A resident of Zachary and native of Mount Vernon, Ms., she died Sunday, February 3rd, 2013 at the age of 86, in The Butterfly Wing of Baton Rouge General Medical Center. A longtime member of First Baptist Church of Zachary, she was a retired Registered Nurse whose career spanned five decades, having worked primarily at East Louisiana State Hospital in Jackson and where she retired as the Director of Nurses of the Louisiana War Veterans' Home. She also spent several post-retirement years working at Villa Feliciana Veterans' Hospital. She is survived by three daughters, Brenda Leigh Boyd, of Baton Rouge, Beverly Ann Pearson and husband George, of Metairie, and Laura Beth Palmisano and husband Glen, of Boulder, Co.; her sister, Tommie LaNell Stewart, of Vaughn, Ms.; two brothers, Frank Dale Joe Willson and wife Carolyn, of Texas, and Malcolm "Coon" Willson and wife Kathy, of Mount Vernon, Ms.; four sisters-in-law, Bettye Sue Leeper, Guynell Boyd, Antoinette Willson, and Marlene Willson; six grandchildren, Jon Bryce Magendie, Joseph Silverman, Adrienne Leigh Magendie Zetty, Allison Kate Palmisano, Michael Aaron Palmisano and Ada Marie Palmisano; and five great-grandchildren, Amelia Leigh Zetty, Maxwell Silverman, Jon Nicholas Magendie, Alexander Silverman, and Ian Paul Magendie. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Q. and Alma Leigh Willson; five brothers, including Donald Ray Willson, Pete Willson, and Jim Willson; and by her beloved husband of 62 happy years, Willie B. Columbus Boyd. Visitation is at Charlet Funeral Home in Zachary, on Wednesday, Feb. 6th, from 5-8 p.m. and will continue on Thursday at 9 a.m. until a service at 10 a.m., conducted by Dr. Wayne Barnes. A graveside service will follow at noon at the Stewart Wall Cemetery in Mount Vernon, Ms. Many thanks to the dedicated nursing staff of Zachary Manor Nursing Home, Lane Regional Medical Center, and Baton Rouge General - Mid City, and to Dr. Stephen W. Speeg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of Baton Rouge, the , or the . Share sympathies, condolences and memories at

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Charlet Funeral Home, Inc. Zachary, LA
4230 High Street  Zachary, LA 70791

Published in from Feb. 4 to Feb. 7, 2013